Initially I was doing physiotherapy through the hospital and quite frankly it was a total waste of time. But what ended up working for me was finding a personal trainer online that specialised in post natal women. She was amazing! She started off slowly but eventually I could do full blown sit ups and everything. My tummy isn't perfect now but it's flat and I feel comfortable wearing a bikini. I can run without feeling like I'm going to wet myself and my back pain and abdominal pain has subsided. I still may have to get surgery on my hernia in the future (and only then will I reconsider getting my muscles repaired) but at the moment it's not giving me too many problems.
Good luck with it all. I know exactly how frustrating it is to have a damaged stomach and how it not only hurts your self esteem but it also effects your everyday life. Xx
Which Perth doctors would you recommend? Do you know if a 4cm separation means I could do the operation in a public hospital? (If it's considered a health issue).
Can totally relate...I am slim but had severe muscle seperation with ds1 and a hideous belly of loose skin. I can never find pants that fit. I can't wear tight tops. I truly dislike my belly. But it is not just the aesthetics. Last year I had to have surgery for a large hernia and ended up spending 7 days on a surgical ward. All as a result of the seperation.
Other women may feel fine with their bodies post childbirth and that is awesome. But with this degree of muscle seperation it is not really "normal" post childbirth imo. It is very frustrating as no matter how much excersize you do, or how much you diet you can't get rid of it. Most of my friends who have had multiple children can just exercise to lose their post partum belly...and are back to wearing bikinis. This will never be an option for me. I am constantly asked if I am, or assumed to be pregnant, which is quite upsetting since we are having trouble ttc2 and may need ivf. Also, it has caused medical problems.
My point is do what is right for you,and what will improve your quality of life. If you are an active person but can't exercise the way you want then this condition is having a negative effect on your wellbeing. If I ever have the money after our second child I will have that surgery in a shot!
Ignore people who make you feel bad about your decision. They are not the ones who have to live with loose skin, reduced self esteem, inability to exercise and potentially dangerous complications like hernias.
Good luck with everything
Last edited by Patience86; 17-05-2015 at 12:46.
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